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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Recording, 27 Jan 2010
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R. P. Lewis "Ray Lewis" (Eastcote, Ruislip, Middx) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Down in the Village (Audio CD)
Without doubt - the best recording (in May 1962) of Britain's greatest ever jazz instumentalist. This followed Tubby's booking the previous autumn at the Half Moon Club in New York.

The quintet also included Jimmy Deuchar - Europe's foremost Jazz Trumpeter, along with Gorden Beck(Piano), Freddie Logan(Bass) - and Allan Ganley on Drums.

After a brief intro, the live recording kicks off with a furiously paced 'Johnny One Note' (Tubby on tenor on a rollercoaster of energy and power). The best track by far is the title track with Tubby on Vibes which builds to an inevitable finale with great solos from Jimmy Deuchar and Gorden Beck. This is followed by the very attractive 'In The Night' with Tubby on Soprano.

I was lucky enough to see groups led by Tubby very many times (-primarily at the Marquee then in Oxford Street), as well as the Jazz Couriers co-led by Tubby and Ronnie Scott. The groups were always exciting to watch and hear - and am fortunate to have vinyl recordings of them. My favourite by far remains 'Down In The Village.'
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Introduction to Jazz, 2 Oct 2003
This review is from: Down in the Village (Audio CD)
I have never really given Jazz much time on my CD player. Then someone introduced me to this recording. It is absolutely wonderful. The music is incredibly vibrant and atmospheric and you can't help tapping your feet when you listen to it. Even though all the songs are strong I am always left with a smile on my face when I listen to The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. The combination of trumpet and saxophone works very well and the drumming of Alan Ganley cannot be surpassed. I think this is Tubby Hayes at his best. Down in the Village is a CD which captures the great man at a great time nad will never be repeated. Buy it now, or buy it for your parents and then borrow it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You might well be there; wonderful!, 12 May 2014
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Just 27 years old, and already featured on thirty or so albums, here we encounter Tubby Hayes at his best playing live to an audience at Ronnie Scott's, the London Mecca of modern jazz. The atmosphere of this venue would bring out the very best in the musicians who performed there. Live concert recordings are for me always superior to the studio recordings. The musicians are not curtailed by time constraints in the same way. The music is more "organic" and depends on the rapport between musician and the audience.

The performance on the nights of 17 and 18th May 1962 is captured here for us to enjoy in perpetuity. TH shares time between saxophones and vibes (by no means his second instrument).

Renowned for playing a breakneck speed, Tubs gives us a good selection of mid paced tracks, with just three really up tempo numbers. Every track is special, but the title track "Down In The Village" takes my affection. A lengthy (11 min) mid tempo engaging tune on which TH plays vibes.

The other musicians are all superb and had distinguished careers. They are Jimmy Deuchar (t), Gordon Beck (p), Freddy Logan (b) and Allan Ganley (d).

This music was the very best of post bop modern jazz being played in Britain (in fact one might argue the World). On this album we are privileged to witness just sample of music being played live in London. It is much more than a historic record, but it is that. However the music is just as enjoyable fifty years on. For those my age it brings back wonderful memories, for younger people this is what you (regrettably) missed!

A genuine 5star performance by five great young men full of optimism for the future.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live cd's, 8 Oct 2010
This review is from: Down in the Village (Audio CD)
1. Live quartet/quintet session. t.t. 48:33. Companion cd "Late Spot At Scott's"
2. Six tracks: 1 on soprano, 2 on vibes, rest on ts.
3. Really great music. "Down In The Village" is breathtaking.
4. Jimmy Deuchar is stunning. He can also be heard on muted trumpet. Marvellous.
5. Tubby performs on the soprano on #5.(1*less) I have a preference for another instrument.
6. A great rhythm section. Allan Ganley is exiting.
7. Beautifully recorded, no audible distortion!!
8. Recommended.
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